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Going Green: The Writing Is On The Wall For IT

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Going Green: The Writing Is On The Wall For IT
2. Today's Top Story
    - Latest Windows Exploit Spreads, ZERT Issues Fix
    Related Stories:
    - ZERT Patches VML Bug In Older Windows
    - Mac Bug Exploit Appears
    - Apple Fixes 15 Flaws, Updates Mac OS X To 10.4.8
3. Breaking News
    - Netflix Offers $1 Million Prize For Improved System
    - Search Sophistication To Drive Online Sales, Marketing
    - For Major Events, Consumers Trust Traditional Media Most
    - EU Welcomes Autonomy Plan For Internet Governance (Reuters)
    - Review: Workshare Keeps Documents Confidential
    - Phone Data-Privacy Bill Stalls In House Again
    - Microsoft Pushes Apps To Larger Customers
    - Sun Forms Governance Board Around OpenSparc
    - YouTooCanTube: How Businesses Can Put Web Video To Use
    - Intel Sets Sights On Quad-Core With New Processors
    - HP Agrees To Include Yahoo Services In New PCs
4. Grab Bag
    - Will The Next Election Be Hacked? (Rolling Stone)
    - Going Pink For October (Pink For October)
    - Why Apple Will Change TV (Roughly Drafted)
5. In Depth: Defective Batteries
    - Whitebook Builders Profit From Notebook Battery Recall Fallout
    - Fujitsu Joins Sony Battery Recall
    - Sony Battery Woes Deepen On More PC Maker Recalls
    - Battery Boasts USB Rechargeability
6. Voice Of Authority
    - Running The Numbers On Vista
7. White Papers
    - Comprehensive Data Center Monitoring In A Few Quick And Simple Steps
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

Quote of the day:
"The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday." -- Dennis Gabor


1. Editor's Note: Going Green: The Writing Is On The Wall For IT

Green computing isn't just the right thing to do, it's fast becoming a business necessity.

IT needs to start implementing energy-efficient means of running the data center. Sure, energy prices have gone down in the past month, but to treat the uncertainty surrounding the continued availability of energy as a temporary blip shows not only social irresponsibility, but bad business sense.

We've run a number of articles that dramatize the urgency of this issue in the past months. Just last week, Gartner issued a stern warning that CIOs must take immediately action to reduce IT's spiraling consumption of energy.

There are two equally urgent reasons to do this. First, the increasing power demands of energy-ravenous data centers are causing electricity-producing plants to release more emissions that contribute to global warming, Gartner says. Second, the need for additional power coupled with rising energy prices means that energy costs could soon escalate to more than 50% of IT budgets. And this isn't some vague future prophecy; this could come about in the next few years, Gartner says. Added to this, IBM recently predicted that as early as 2007, businesses will spend more money on electricity to power and cool their data centers than they spend on the computer systems themselves.

There are some hopeful signs that the tech world is waking up, however, including moves by Google, Intel, Sun, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the VC community.

For further information on what these organizations have done, and for a more in-depth discussion of the issues, go to my blog entry.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Latest Windows Exploit Spreads, ZERT Issues Fix
The ActiveX-based exploit is widely known, easy to re-create, and used on increasing numbers of sites, according to one security alert.

Related Stories:

ZERT Patches VML Bug In Older Windows
The group earlier issued an unsanctioned patch for the VML bug in supported operating systems several days before Microsoft rolled out its official fix.

Mac Bug Exploit Appears
The code exploits a bug that Apple Computer identified within the OS X operating system's kernel.

Apple Fixes 15 Flaws, Updates Mac OS X To 10.4.8
Four of the bugs are in Flash, the Adobe-sold animation player bundled with Mac OS X.


3. Breaking News

Netflix Offers $1 Million Prize For Improved System
To help contestants in their research, the company is making available 100 million anonymous movie ratings from its database, which holds 1.5 billion ratings. The contest's goal is to improve the ratings system by a minimum of 10%.

Search Sophistication To Drive Online Sales, Marketing
Marketers can expect fourth-quarter sales to equal sales of the first two quarters of 2006, a Web metrics firm says.

For Major Events, Consumers Trust Traditional Media Most
Half of those surveyed said they would first turn to network television for immediate news about pandemics and natural disasters, among other breaking stories.

Microsoft Buys Policy Management Developer
DesktopStandard claims more than 3,500 customers and says its software manages more than 4 million desktops.

EU Welcomes Autonomy Plan For Internet Governance (Reuters)
On Friday, the Commerce Department said it would retain oversight of ICANN for three more years, renewing an agreement that was scheduled to expire last weekend. But a lighter regime was introduced, one the European Union says it's watching closely.

Review: Workshare Keeps Documents Confidential
Workshare Protect 5 aims to remove managers from the investigative requirements and use technology to act on suspicious intent. What's more, the product helps combat accidental leaks as well as intentional data theft.

Phone Data Privacy Bill Stalls In House Again
Bickering between Republicans and Democrats erupted late Friday over whether to add provisions to address intelligence-gathering methods by government agencies.

Microsoft Pushes Apps To Larger Customers
The company has traditionally aimed its ERP and CRM applications at smaller firms, but a Microsoft manager says the push is on to attract enterprise users that might want tighter integration with personal productivity tools.

Sun Forms Governance Board Around OpenSparc
The governance board will consist of five charter members, two from Sun and three from outside the company. It will set the direction of and ensure adherence to the OpenSparc model.

YouTooCanTube: How Businesses Can Put Web Video To Use
New products from Cisco and others will help them make informal video like YouTube's relevant to their companies.

Intel Sets Sights On Quad-Core With New Processors
Intel hopes to become the defining force in an emerging market for mainstream multicore processing with its first quad-core chips, slated to hit the market in about a month.

HP Agrees To Include Yahoo Services In New PCs
Hewlett-Packard said Thursday it plans to make Yahoo the default search engine in its consumer desktop and notebook PCs.

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4. Grab Bag

Will The Next Election Be Hacked? (Rolling Stone)
Robert F. Kennedy writes about how recent revelations about what has happened at the polls, plus insight from an industry insider, provide compelling evidence that electronic voting machines can't be trusted.

Going Pink For October (Pink For October)
A breast cancer activist is urging Web sites to "go pink" during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Why Apple Will Change TV (Roughly Drafted)
This blog points out the similarities between the iPod and conventional TV, and explains how Apple is poised to add value to existing content via iTV in a similar manner to the way it added value to CD and MP3 music collections.


5. In Depth: Defective Batteries

Whitebook Builders Profit From Notebook Battery Recall Fallout
With news of the latest recalls breaking last week, system builders and solutions providers say they've continued to see the sales of whitebooks buoy as problems mount.

Fujitsu Joins Sony Battery Recall
Fujitsu joins Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, and Apple Computer in recalling the batteries that have on rare occasion burst into flames. There have been no serious injuries reported.

Sony Battery Woes Deepen On More PC Maker Recalls
Toshiba's battery recall this week brings the number of batteries recalled to more than 7 million. Sony says it's still not clear how many batteries actually need to be replaced.

Battery Boasts USB Rechargeability
The batteries, which recharge by plugging into a USB port, are already for sale in the United Kingdom and will be available soon in the United States.


6. Voice Of Authority

Running The Numbers On Vista
Aaron Ricadela points out that with every month that ticks by before Windows Vista arrives, Microsoft needs to fill the white space with reassurances to companies that an upgrade will be worth their time and money.


7. White Papers

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